OPP Meeting Summary: Transport Council – Oral Presentation by the European Commission of Mobility package II (5 December 2017)

A summary of the Oral Presentation by the European Commission of the Mobility package II proposals, Directive on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles, Directive on the establishment of common rules for certain types of combined transport of goods, Regulation on common rules for access to the international market for coach and bus services and the related Commission communication: Action Plan on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure, is available.

Transport Council Meeting – 5 December 2017
Mobility package II
a) Directive on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles
b) Directive on the establishment of common rules for certain types of combined transport of goods
c) Regulation on common rules for access to the international market for coach and bus services
d) Related Commission communication: Action Plan on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure
Oral presentation by the Commission
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Commissioner for Transport Violetta Bulc made the following remarks

  • with the Clean Mobility Package, delivered on 8 November 2017, the European Commission (EC) delivered on the Low Emission Mobility Strategy, adopted in 2016, and promoted the following three main objectives:
    • create a more efficient organisation of the EU’s transport system;
      • decrease transport emissions by further integrating all modes of transport by revising the existing rules on combined transport and establish incentives for shifting long-distance freight from road to rail, to inland navigation and to short-sea shipping;
      • with regards to long-distance passenger transport, the EC aimed at fostering bus and coach transport throughout Europe and at making public transport more available and affordable to EU citizens, as attractive alternatives to private cars;
    • promote cleaner vehicles;
      • proposed new CO2 emission reduction targets for cars and vans of 30% lower in 2030 than in 2021, with an intermediary target for 2025 ensuring that investments kick-started already now, making sure that the industry already invested in cleaner vehicles and that employers acquired the required skills;
      • the EC further ensured the implementation through rigorous testing and monitoring;
      • underlined that besides targeting the problem from the manufacturers supply side, the EC also targeted the demand side by prompting public authorities to promote low- and zero-emission vehicles and by making it easier for local authorities to purchase, rent and lease them for the provision of public services;
      • therefore, the EC proposed minimum public procurement targets for national authorities;
    • make alternative infrastructure more accessible;
      • consumer confidence in the reliable use of alternative fuel vehicles had to be ensured by creating sufficient gas and electric charging stations along European motorways, which is why, the EC had proposed an action plan and planned on investing €300 million to roll out additional infrastructure;
      • to ensure interoperability, the EC proposed new infrastructure standards;
  • the range of legislative and financial instruments used meant that transport continued to play an important role in tackling climate change.


  • on common rules for access to the international market for coach and bus services, Spain was concerned about the EC proposal’s impact on the existing transport system in Spain;
  • criticised that the proposed, extended scope now also included regular intercity transport within the Member States (MS) and restricted MS’s ability to ensure mobility and social and territorial cohesion, thereby violating the principle of subsidiarity;
  • this had a negative impact on Spain’s transport system due to its geographical position and structure of its bus system;
  • Spain had an extensive coach network, in line with public service obligations, covering the whole of Spain’s territory, being of high quality and guaranteeing accessible prices without costing the government any money as it was profitable;
  • consequently, the proposed distance rules limited the government’s ability to set its own transport and territorial cohesion policy;
  • Spain was open to discuss the proposal in a constructive way in order to establish a system respecting social and territorial cohesion.


  • with regards to the proposal on common rules for certain types of combined transport of goods, Denmark criticised the possible, adverse impact on smaller MS in the EU;
  • with regards to the proposal on the international market for coach and bus services, Denmark called for a definition of temporary bus services as set out in the current proposal in order to harmonise the implementation of existing rules in the MS.

Czech Republic 

  • with regards to the proposal on clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles, was concerned about the possible impact on the Czech Republic, especially the definition of clean vehicles as the compressed gas vehicle was not included;
  • if adopted in the current form, the directive led to significant market distortions and a loss of all investments the Czech Republic had made in that area.

The Representative from the Estonian Presidency made the following remarks

  • the Council took note of the remarks in preparation for the Bulgarian presidency.

Source: One Policy Place

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